Testimony of Chad W. Hanson before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Aug. 2010

For red snapper, the oil spill occurred during and in the vicinity of where red snapper spawning occurs and overlaid much of their important juvenile habitat in the northern Gulf. The discussion of whether and when to re-open the red snapper recreational season should take this uncertainty into account, as well the inability to hold recreational catch to prescribed levels in recent years. For gag grouper, the Interim Rule should proceed as recommended by the Reef Fish Committee with the caveat that we share concerns about gag discards, particularly in the commercial fishery.